Fable Blades MidKnight Signature 17:08

Fable Blades Gathering Glaive of Grunion the Gnome Signature 17:10

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One of a kind custom sword by Australian Artisan Brendan Olszowy. Original, 100% hand made sword - the only one in the world.

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Grunions Grandsires Grasped-this Glaive since the good old days to ease the grind of gathering grasses. Its Gleaming blade would garner the glistening grain powerfully and proficiently permit the gladdened gnomes to proceed to the pressing party more promptly.

Pray tell what party? .. The populous public pow-wow where the gnomes would group and gather in gratitude to process the palatability of the proceeds of their prosperity in its prime. Baking bread and brewing bitter beer being the best way to boast about their abilities in agriculture, and agreeably so.

Specification: Weight: 863g (1lb 14oz), Length Overall: 74cm (29.13"), Length of Blade: 56.1cm (22"), Grip Length: 9.1cm (3.8"), Blade Breadth: 3.8cm (1.5") at base > 6.3cm (2.5") at broadest, Blade Thickness: 0.6cm at base > 0.39cm at broadest point, Centre of Gravity: 12.9cm (5.1") from guard

Materials: Blade - 9260 high carbon steel. Oil quenched then tempered thrice to hardness ~52Rc. (Sharp), Guard: Acacia Burl - Chosen for it's color of caramel roasted malts... Grip: Holly, Pommel: Casuarina and Holly


Brendan Olszowy works from his home workshop in rural Western Australia custom making his swords one at a time by himself. With an eye for detail as wide as the Australian outback itself, each sword is made entirely by hand and made to the highest possible standard. Making only 10-15 swords a year Brendan works slow and steady to make sure the work is done to the pinnacle of his talents, and only works when his head in the right space to do his very best.

Hours of grinding, shaping, filing, and sanding with sandpaper on a cork block go into each piece. Spray from the angle grinder cements the walls of his grinding & forging shed and there's often blunted files and torn up sheets of sandpaper kicking around the floor. In his Machinery Shed he has a hand operated Milling Machine and Lathe - allowing him to machine straight slots in hilt furniture, and fullers in blades, and the lathe for shaping some pommel forms.

All of the swords Brendan makes are REAL swords. Fully functional. Built for durability, and to perform as a live sword for performance cutting. They are not toys, wallhangers, or stage props. They are built to perform to their purpose, with excellent heat treatment qualities and excellent blade and edge geometries. All blade steel stock used is brand new 9260 high carbon spring steel cut from the length. The blade and edge geometries are finely hand crafted to historical principles and the blades are heat treated in a purpose built electric kiln.

All swords are hand sculpted individual pieces - earning all of his attention. Being handmade they rely on a steady hand, a keen eye, and a feel for how the metal is taking shape. As such they have a smoother, more organic look and feel about them, compared to machine finished items. He does  spend a long time fussing, trying to get little details just right. The pieces are NOT computer cut, but sculpted with painstaking attention - by a loving human hand.

In his own words:

"I think I am my toughest critic - perfection is in the eye of the beholder. Each piece has endured many hours at my hands, being crafted into it's final form. Through these hours at my hands I feel the result is true meeting of imagination, the human body, and the form that lives within the wood and steel. Each piece is a true one of a kind.

My blades don't have a mirror polish, but rather a hand sanded satin finish. The satin finish is beneficial to maintenence throughthe sword's active life.

All blades are sculpted from new flat-bar stock. I do not forge my blades. We are blessed with space-age steel which requires no further forging, only shaping.

Pommels and guards are sculpted by hand from solid blocks of mild steel or bronze, not cast en-masse. Grips have a wood core, crafted from Poplar or Beech, before they are leather covered. Though I love featuring hand carved exotic wood grips from Australia and around the world too.

All swords have broad full tangs with radiussed shoulders for strength; built to be a fully useable tool. The temper of the tang and shoulder is drawn back with a torch to low 40s Rockwell hardness; made softer than the blade proper to enhance durability, and reamining annealed (unhardened) back at the pommel mounting; for maximum shock resilience.

I control the heat treatment in a purpose built electric kiln, which I made myself to suit my needs. This provides uniform heat to the whole blade, and precise digital readings for me to accurately control the temperatures. Heat treatment of blades includes normalisation cycles, quenching in oil to harden, and multiple tempering cycles giving a resilient edge hardness of approximately 50-54Rc. depending on the design requirements of the sword."


As Brendan wishes to welcome every Fable Blades owner with their own personalized service experience, he does not list them for sale with the usual click and buy method, preferring to take a little time to ensure that you understand what you will get and make sure it really is the right sword for you. There may also be options to further individualize your sword. If you are interested, simply click the inquire button near the top of this page to get the process started or to inquire about your own custom design concept sword.